Our 40 Days for Life prayer vigil for the end of abortion took an unexpected turn this spring.
This our 13th vigil was all set to go when not one but two court injunctions forced its cancellation.
The first came a week prior to the start of the event on Ash Wednesday, February 18, when a bailiff visited our offices, serving a court document petitioning the Quebec Superior Court for an injunction. The injunction was against both me and the QLC.
The plaintiffs were two abortion facilities – the Morgentaler and Femina, along with the proprietors of the two buildings in which these separate businesses are located, buildings adjacent to each other.
The four plaintiffs were petitioning the court for a buffer zone the size of a square block preventing us from entering and thereby carrying on our work of peaceful prayer vigil and sidewalk counselling.
By sidewalk counseling I mean communicating and advising abortion-bound women and men about alternatives to ending the lives of their children, as well as the serious complications resulting from having an abortion.
The plaintiffs were requesting an immediate temporary injunction and secondly, sought to begin a process to establish a permanent injunction.
They justified their request on the basis of the harmful effect we were having on their welfare, and the welfare of their clients.
The second injunction occurred a week into the vigil. As we were prevented to hold the vigil outside the Morgentaler facility, we located another mill several blocks away on Saint-Hubert Street and moved the vigil there. Well, a week of peaceful prayer did not conclude before a second bailiff and a second court document, alleging similar charges as the first, was served at our offices.
The long and short of it is that due to time constraints in the court schedule, the judge would only be available to hear our arguments for both instances on June 16, 2015. In the interim, we ask you to keep us and our lawyer, Mr. Robert Reynolds, in your prayers. We are diligently preparing our arguments.
We believe that challenging these injunctions, however costly this might be, is important for the pro-life movement in Canada, particular for those seeking to stand outside abortion mills to lend their moral, spiritual, and material aid to women lacking support and feeling the need for an abortion.
"Brian Jenkins and other representatives of Quebec Life Coalition have given me furniture, diapers, clothes, basically everything I needed both before and after the birth of my daughter Maria Monalissa."
"Today, I am very happy that QLC was there, across the street from the Morgentaler Clinic on that day in March 2014 where I was going to abort Monalissa. If I hadn’t met them, without a doubt I would have lost my child."
- Paula with her daughter Maria Monalissa
Thank you for your prayers and your financial help. In so doing, we are accomplishing something much greater than ourselves.
Yours in Christ Jesus,
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On January 27th, 1945, the Russian army liberated the prisoners at the Auschwitz death camp in Poland. To commemorate the 70th anniversary of this liberation, Radio-Canada presented on RDI a very moving documentary called “Nuit et brouillard” (Night and Fog). It is difficult to imagine that these events happened in the 20th century.
It is difficult to understand how those who planned and carried out these Machiavellian schemes could have done so, over many years, as if their hearts had become hardened as stone. As well as those who knew and acted as if ignorant or indifferent toward these brutal massacres.
On January 28th, 1988, following a relentless push by Dr. Morgentaler, who said he was a survivor of Auschwitz, the Supreme Court of Canada decriminalized abortion. Since this very sad day, close to three million innocent children have been aborted in Canada. The mutilated bodies of these children who died violently in the womb of their mothers do not bring many tears in Canada, not yet… Our hearts are not easily moved, much like those of so many Germans during the war.
The only difference between the dismembered bodies of these unborn children and the victims of Auschwitz is the relative size. You only have to look at the pictures of aborted children to see the same horrors. Some children survived a failed abortion but were never reported even though well documented. Some were born with an amputated arm (Ana Rosa Rodriguez, New-York 1991) or without a leg (Alexandre Karl, Châlons-sur-Marnes, France 1981), others cried for such a long time in the garbage pails they were thrown in (Gianna Jessen, Los Angeles 1977) that they were miraculously saved by someone who decided to give them a chance of survival and to give them a chance to survive and get appropriate care.
Like many Germans who remained indifferent to those atrocities, Canadians are acting in the same manner. We have not built crematorium ovens but we accept that our taxes be used to pay the rooms, equipment and the personnel working to eliminate the most vulnerable human beings of our society. In Canada, nearly 100,000 abortions are recorded annually. On average we kill 274 innocent and living children per day. The Final Solution… is preferred to promoting adoption.
Just like in the German camps, these aborted bodies are discarded or burnt just like garbage. Some parts of the bodies of these little angels can be used for research, making vaccines, cosmetics and even food products. A quick search on the internet can inform us of these shameful practices. In 2014, the media revealed that in Great-Britain, the bodies of aborted children were even used to heat hospitals!
Auschwitz, Montreal: is there really a difference? Not to 23% of unborn children.
In Canada there are near to 30 abortions to every 100 births.
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Our sidewalk counsellor, Brian Jenkins
On Tuesday, February 10, at 3 pm, a bailiff came to our Montreal, QC offices, in order to deposit a legal document (60-70 pages in length, containing 17 pages of argumentation, 19 supporting documents, and 11 affidavits) convoking our organisation, Campagne Québec-Vie / Quebec Life Coalition, and Brian Jenkins, our sidewalk counsellor, to court.
The four plaintiffs - the Morgentaler and Femina abortion facilities, and the owners of the buildings that house them - do not want us to continue the life-saving sidewalk counselling work that we do in downtown Montreal. They are petitioning the courts for a temporary injunction (aka a "bubble zone"), and are also requesting to argue for a permanent injunction against any pro-life presence within a city-block radius of the abortion facilities.
We have decided to fight this unwarranted suppression of our right to inform women of the dangers of, and alternatives to, abortion. To buy some time to prepare a rebuttal of their arguments, we have agreed to a provisional temporary injunction against us, lasting until March 10, which is the date for the hearing where we will challenge the temporary injunction.
Please help us fight this injunction, by pledging as much as you can. We have retained the services of a competent, 100% pro-life lawyer. We need to pay him, plus we need funding for the March 10 hearing which will, among other expenses, possibly require us to lodge and to pay the travel expenses of expert witnesses. We also need to build up our reserves to neutralize any eventual attempt to instate a permanent injunction against pro-life sidewalk counselling in that part of Montreal.
Do not let abortionists silence the only voice that charitably warns women entering Montreal abortion facilities about the harm abortion causes to women, to men, and to unborn babies.
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Georges Buscemi, president
Wanna read an pretty good overview of feminist thought related to abortion?
Consider "The Feminist Case Against Abortion" by Serrin Foster, President of Feminists for Life.
I enjoyed it. Among other reasons, the author describes two waves of feminist thought, the first believing that abortion is "the ultimate exploitation of women" and "a disgusting and degrading crime," while the second "lauded (it) as the most fundamental right."
The first group is made up of largely American and British women; numerous names and quotes are given.
As for the second, Foster identifies the principles actors - Larry Lader, Dr. Bernard Nathanson, and Sarah Weddington, the latter being the attorney who defended Jane Roe in Roe vs Wade.
Foster argues that Weddington undermined the welfare of women by advocating for the need for abortion as a solution to the societal ills faced by pregnant women - poverty and discrimination faced in school and in the workplace.
Further, the article provides concrete examples of groups addressing the real needs of pregnant women. One such example on an US college campus, pro-life students and a pro-choice collaborated in a rummage sale to help a pregnant student who lost her housing grant; thw woman had her baby and graduated. A second example was the establishing of a program which over a ten year period resulted in a 30% drop in abortions of college-educated women at a local Planned Parenthood facility.
The article also has a large and interesting reader comment section.Be the first to comment.
The following Garth Brooks' song came recommended to me this morning. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.Be the first to comment.
Isabelle and Ward O'Connor of the Vivere Group offer questions to ponder about Quebec's new Euthanasia legislation.
1. Do euthanasia and palliative care go together?
The palliative care philosophy is based on respect for the natural process of death. Matching induced death by euthanasia ("medical aid in dying") with palliative care in a "continuum of end of life care" is it logical? Doing so risks creating conflict and confusion. This is the view of, among others, le Réseau de soins palliatifs du Québec (RSPQ), as recorded in its deposition regarding the subject legislation. The RSPQ affirms that "Euthanasia is not a treatment." Further, it is important to know that the Fédération du Mouvement Albatros of Québec (FMAQ) adopted unanimously a resolution in support of the RSPQ position.
2. Is End of Life Care Legislation valid?
It is important to know that induced death, either by euthanasia or assisted suicide, is a crime in Canada, although the authors and promoters of the legislation on end-of-life care categorically deny that "medical aid in dying" means "euthanasia", hoping that their semantic game will evade Canada’s Criminal Code. You should know that Canada’s Attorney General announced that he will challenge the
validity of this legislation, pending the Supreme Court of Canada ruling in the case Carter-Taylor case heard October 5, 2014, with a decision expected within six months – i.e., no later than April 2015. The Carter-Taylor case challenges the validity of criminalizing death induced by euthanasia or assisted suicide.
3. Would government induced death jeopardize the right to personal security?
Consent and intent are difficult to prove, and the weak, vulnerable, disabled, elderly, depressed, illiterate or otherwise physically or mentally vulnerable are very easy to manipulate. Their consent can also be difficult to interpret. Substituted consent is another important issue, appearing in the Quebec law (Articles 47, 48, 55) as does presumed consent (Articles 57 and 58 ). The mistreatment of these large segments of the population, especially from relatives and institutions, being widely and well documented, as are discrimination and other social exclusionary pressures of exclusion, is such a precarious secure environment in our health care facilities acceptable?
The Quebec legislation in no way restricts euthanasia for people diagnosed with terminal illness. It is applicable to anyone with a chronic degenerative disease, whether that person is dying or not.
In addition, each year in Quebec, more than 350,000 medical errors are reported, the vast majority of which are injection errors (Ménard report). As euthanasia is done via an injection, do not the number of medical errors argue against the practice of euthanasia?
Finally, the end-of-life care legislation leaves it to the physician to ensure that consent to euthanasia is not the result of undue pressures arising from different sources. What training in psychology and police detection methods will the doctor receive for this purpose? What budget he will have to conduct the needed investigation? Abuse is both pernicious and very clever thing to detect for he seeks to detect it.1 reaction
Blessed New Year greetings,
I trust that in 2015, God will richly bless you and your loved ones as he has with us here at the Quebec Life Coalition.
First, many of you have remembered us with your prayers and financial support. Thank you.
Second, on Tuesday, January 13, 2015, we were blessed to welcome a few distinguished guests to our office.
These had come from across the country – Quebec City, Toronto and one as far away as Smithers, BC. No surprise, we discussed the fate of the unborn and how best to act to protect them, from a political perspective.
CHRISTIAN HERITAGE PARTY
Among these guests was Mr. Rod Taylor, newly elected leader of the Christian Heritage Party.
2015 is an election year. The Federal Conservative Party was elected in 2011 - May 2, 2011, with a majority government. The next federal election will be no later than October 19, 2015 – “the third Monday of October in the fourth calendar year following the polling day for the last general election.” It may be sooner.
As the Quebec Life Coalition works to promote the Culture of Life, the political process is an important tool for championing the plight of the unborn. So several of us gathered on this winter afternoon are considering becoming candidates for the Christian Heritage Party in the next election.
WHY THE CHRISTIAN HERITAGE PARTY?
The CHP is the only pro-life federal party in Canada.
Justin Trudeau, leader of the Federal Liberals, made headlines this past May 2014 stating that anyone vying to become a liberal party candidate in a federal election MUST be pro-abortion.
The Bloc Québécois and the NDP likewise endorse the pro-abortion position.
Finally, what about the party of Stephen Harper? Haven't a few of its elected members - Stephen Woodworth, Mark Warawa, among others, presented pro-life motions in the House of Commons? Hasn't the federal conservatives subtly promoted internationally right to life measures for developing countries?
On the surface it appears that the federal conservatives are the voice for the unborn.
Yet, Mr. Harper has time and time again refused to open debate on the rights of the unborn. As such Canada is the only democratic nation in the world without any law protecting unborn children for the full nine month term. In fact, Canada shares this distinction with only two other nations worldwide - China and North Korea; a infamous fellowship if ever there was one.
So, we respectfully ask your support, in both prayer and financially, as we plan to run and/or support candidates in the forthcoming election. We wish that the voice of the unborn be heard loudly and clearly not only by the Conservative Party of Canada but also by all citizens of our ridings.
May the seven of us gathered on this January day be attentive to the promptings of the Holy Spirit as we deliberate on what exactly is our role in the year ahead.
May our Lord bless all those considering becoming candidates in the next federal election with a wisdom to speak up, debate, and defend the right of the unborn.
Yours in Christ Jesus,
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In 2001, drug trials for the abortion inducing drug RU-486 was halted after protests and the death of a woman from septic shock.
Renewed efforts to make this drug available in Canada began this past November. At this time, the Canadian Medical Association Journal featured an article critical of the lack of surgical abortion facilities in rural Canada, a slight that can be alleviated via chemical abortions such as RU-486.
Then Society of Family Planning chimed in, announcing that based on a 2012 survey, increasing availability to chemical abortions would save women from travelling and from undergoing surgical abortions, and would increase accessibility to abortion services.
Yesterday, the Journal de Montréal, in two separate features, sung a similar tune. Isabelle Maher and Lise Ravary argued separately that since this abortifacient is available in well over 60 countries, why then is it not available in Canada?
What these articles fail to note is the harm that RU-486 has had on women. According to the Campaign Life Coalition, the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) reports that there have been 14 deaths associated with this drug. Further, the FDA notes that there have been 2000 cases of adverse side effects including hospitalization, significant blood loss, severe infection and blood transfusions.
Corroborating much of this information about RU-486 is a fact sheet published by the group Real Choices Australia. Based on a Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists study, the fact sheet notes the extent of excessive bleeding, the pain, and other adverse effects after using this abortifacient.
Let's pray that Health Canada does not give in to this new wave of pressure, but rather contributes to ensuring the health integrity of women.
p.s. See a couple of recent stories on this topic. First, the National Post published a letter by Mike Schouten entitled "Another skipped abortion debate." Also, the CBC reports that Health Canada will delay its decision until the Fall 2015 as additional information is sought from the manufacturer - "Abortion drug decision pushed back by Health Canada."Be the first to comment.
As we enter December, the month of Our Saviour's birth, four events are scheduled in support of the most vulnerable period of human development, vulnerable for both mother and her unborn child.
First, on Monday, December 1, an evening of prayer and testimonial is set for the church Notre-Dame-Porte-de-l'Aurore - 1465 De Sève Street, in ville Émard, across the street from the Jolicoeur Metro station on the green line.
Featured on this evening, in addition to the recitation of a rosary and an Eucharistic celebration, will be a personal story of a near tragedy. A young mother will share about the pressures she faced to carry her child to term simply because her physician thought the child may be born with a congenital disorder and should be aborted. The child was eventually delivered without any abnormality. Her story begins the evening at 6:00 p.m., this Monday, September 1, 2014.
The prayers and the testimony will be French, though, simultaneous translation into English will be available if warranted.
The following day, Tuesday, December 2, at the Sanctuary of the Sacred Heart and of Padre Pio in east end Pointe-aux-Trembles, an evening of prayer for the defense for the unborn child will be held beginning at 7 p.m. At that time a rosary will be recited with an Eucharistic celebration to follow at 7:30 p.m.
The sanctuary is more familiarly known as the Chapelle de la réparation - 3650 de la Rousselière Street (514-642-5391), and is run by the Franciscan community.
Thursday, December 4, 2014
Next, an evening of prayer and fellowship for the unborn child and the victims of abortion is being planned for Saint-Sylvain church in Laval - 750 Saint-Sylvain Blvd., on Thursday of the same week.
The evening begins at 7 p.m. with an hour-long period of Eucharistic adoration, during which time a rosary will be recited. After reposition of the Blessed Sacrament, a Eucharistic mass will be celebrated. Fellowship follows. This mass will be celebrated in French.
Saturday, December 13, 2014
The fourth and final commemoration for the unborn child and the harm that abortion does consists of a full afternoon of activities, set at Notre-Dame-Porte-de-l'Aurore church in ville Émard, the same venue as our first event.
The afternoon begins at 1 p.m. with a conversion story. Ms. Carole Arsenault will share the story of John Bird, film producer who specializes in Marian history, and researcher and photographer the Tilma - the outer garment worn by Juan Diego, a poor Mexican peasant of the 16th century that is on display at the cathedral in Mexico City.
This rough outer garment has confounded scientists throughout the years for two reasons. First, it has outlasted its 40-year life expectancy by several centuries and second, it is emblazoned on one side of the cloth, and one side only, with the image of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The latter is particularly vexing to scientists as they are unable to explain the origins of the image and the materials that have left its mark.
Mr. Bird's film is entitled as "River of Light."
The presentation is particularly timely as the Church commemorates the Feast of Our Lady of Guadelupe every year on December 12.
Prayers will follow the talk - namely, rosary and Eucharistic celebration.
The afternoon will end with a turkey dinner for the modest cost of $8. RSVP by calling (514) 595-6732.
There you have it: Four events in a span of two weeks spread across the region in order to better prepare ourselves for the most important arrival mankind has been waiting for.Be the first to comment.
Here's a beautiful story of a mom who decided to give the life growing inside of her a chance rather than choose abortion as she was advised.
Jessy Girard was alarmed when she noticed that she was losing amniotic fluid at 23 week of her pregnancy. Advised to abort, she refused, believing that had she abandoned her child, she would then regret this decision for the rest of her life.
Her courage was rewarded this past February 18, 2014, when she gave birth to Léthicia at 28 weeks.
Jessy and her miracle baby is seen here (photo courtesy of the Journal de Québec). Read the full story here.
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